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it and forget it >> welcome back to the kron 4 morning news. the story i'm falling out of washington. tax-free shopping on the internet could be over under a bill making its way through the senate. the bill would require online retailer to collect data local taxes for purchases made over the internet. the sales taxes would be sent to the state where the shopper lives. >> under current law, states can only record store to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. as a result, many on-line cells essentially tax-free. even though you are supposed to declare those items on your state tax returns and pay the sales tax. very few americans do. the senate voted 74 to 20 as today to take up the bill. with the level of support, the senate to pass the bill as early as this week. >> >> we will take a break is 511 back with more in a moment. when we come back we will the full text of forecast. here's a look at san jose. the ride on 101 looking okay. temperatures outsider pretty good. 54 in san jose looking for near a [ male announcer ] fact: the 100% electric nissan leaf..
. >> investigators and taxes have not determined a cause of the explosion that killed 14 people including 10 first responders and a fertilizer plant in west texas. investigators say they pinpointed where the blast originated. the mpeg damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses leaving hundreds of people homeless and in need of help. authorities have also released 91 tapes that captured the initial panic after the fire and massive blast. >> there was some type of explosion and our house, all of the windows are completely blocked and. the walls, part of it is blown off. >>, down and take a deep breath. we are aware of the situation and we are sending people out there as soon as we can. >> city leaders allowed some residents to return to their homes are the weekend but they still face strict curfews. fire officials will hold a memorial service at baylor university on thursday and honor of the volunteer firefighters who died. >> the boy scouts of america are proposing to partially lift its longtime ban on homosexuals. this proposal comes after weeks of private deliberation between the organiz
price dropped 11 cents over the last two weeks. >>> the senate could allow states to tax internet purchases adding $11 billion to state coffers and wall street gets back to work after the dow's worst weekly decline since june. back to you. >> mary, thanks. >>> in great britain, the duchess of cambridge, kate middleton appeared in public on sunday with her pregnancy more evident than ever. she stood in for queen elizabeth at a review of scouts while the queen celebrated her 87th birthday in private. the duchess and prince william are expecting the first child this summer. for those who are on royal baby bump watch -- if you have been living under a rock, did you know. >> when you said her name i perked up and i wanted to see bump. >> she looks beautiful. >> certainly does. >> mr. roker has more on the midwest flooding an the local forecast. >> not a lot of good news for friends in the midwest and winter won't let go. we have a funnel system. behind it a lot of cold air and snow for the upper midwest and the plains. ahead of it, a lot of wet weather. we are looking from sheridan up
in new york city. new york already has the highest cigarette tax in the country, as of late last ye, 28 states banned smoking in all general workplaces, public places, including bars and restaurants. so this essentially would raise the age if it goes through to the same age where you can buy booze so booze a cigarettes in the same category. >> you wonder if that will backfire make mor kidshe same with alcohol wan to try i because you have to be 21 to have access to it. >> i don't know. >> i tnk it's a great idea. >> i do, too. >> there needs to be some tougher legislation. >> the good news is that new york smoking rateor teens in new york city is at like 8.5%, which is far less than the state average and the national average, but it's been stagnating. it had been dropping and now it's stagnating. i don't see anything wrong with it. >> this continues the long decline of smoking in america some numbers that stunned me t wasn't until 1998 that smoking was banned aboard all u.s. domestic flights under six hours. >> i remember we were talking about how it doesn't seem like it was that long a
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